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Spectrum Health

Nurse technician

December 2018 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

I appreciate the hands-on experience that the Nurse technician role offered me. I get to work and collaborate with health professionals all throughout the hospital to provide my patients the best outcome

What I wish was different

I currently float around to different units so i don’t get to make strong connections with my patients. I would like to be able to visit them multiple days in a row

Advice

This experience was a great way to gain the knowledge necessary for any health professional you plan to purse in the future.
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Nurse Technician

November 2020 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

Flexible hours. Good work environment experience for medical majors.

What I wish was different

Mandatory extra hours will be implemented for you to schedule from time to time.

Advice

This career is good for anyone going into a medical-related field. It is especially good for nursing majors. You work very closely with nurses so it really gives you the experience of what it is like day in and day out of being a nurse.
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Health Care Manager

May - August 2021 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

I had the opportunity to shadow various areas that incorporated care management from different aspects (I.E. Utilization management, behavioral health, Medicaid, etc) prior to the start of my actual internship.

What I wish was different

I wish it had been in person, but due to Covid it was only virtual and telephonically completed. There were no in-person connections made.

Advice

I would say to ask as many questions as possible. There’s so much to learn and every clients situation is different.
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CNA / unit aide

June 2020 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

I gained lots of patient contact experience with dementia patients as sexual assault victims as well as more standard hospitalizations.

What I wish was different

I wish there wouldn't have been a nursing and CNA shortage. The more patients you have to take care of the less personal the job is.

Advice

Take time to talk to and get to know your patients. Often the most valuable thing you can do for them is to listen.
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Lab Intern

June 2019 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

The inside look into the research process and the welcoming community I worked with.

What I wish was different

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Health Information Technologist

September - November 2019 • Big Rapids, MI

What I liked

What I wish was different

Paid

Advice

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Residential assistant

April 2019 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

Spectrum health is a phenomenal company to work for and the experience is amazing.

What I wish was different

Because I am I’m a specialized program at spectrum there are few employees and management expects you to pick up more than your scheduled hours and is rather rude about it. This is hard for a college student who Choose to work part time for a reason.

Advice

When working in healthcare and going to school it’s always best to work as much as you think you can manage and not let management sway you into working more for them.
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Resident Assistant (CNA)

January 2018 - August 2019 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

Working hands on with patients that had traumatic brain injuries and needed someone to help them during this difficult time.

What I wish was different

That I could have worked longer one on one

Advice

To have patience, things are going to go wrong, these people cannot do things that you may see as simple. They lost that ability unfortunately and they need people that care to help.
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Nurse Tech

June 2016 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

I really like the patient care experience and the ability to work with other healthcare professionals. I have been able to build many strong resources and have met many lifelong friends here. I work in the ICU, so things can be kind of crazy at times, but it's a pace that keeps me busy and making a difference in the lives of many people.

What I wish was different

I mean, throughout college I have worked 12-hour night shifts, twice a week.. So, I definitely didn't study much on weekends.

Advice

If you want the hands-on patient care experience, I would definitely recommend looking into being a nurse tech. Scribing has it's pros and cons, but it definitely doesn't match up. In my opinion, techs are learning from the bottom of the totem pole and working their way up, whereas scribes just want to do anything related to doctoring and miss the crucial first step of learning how to empathize and work directly with patients...
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Nusing Tech

August 2018 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

Being involved in patient care and getting to experience medical situations. Also, being there for people at a vulnerable time in their life.

What I wish was different

The core hours my specific schedule had.

Advice

Manage time wisely if managing school and having this job.
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Nurse Tech

May 2019 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

Working with patients everyday!

What I wish was different

Nothing, it’s an amazing job.

Advice

Work as a resource nurse tech so it isn’t overwhelming with school.
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Certified Nurse Aide

June 2018 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

Job experience and training for future career

What I wish was different

Staffing

Advice

It’s a great way to solidify your career choice, connect with patients in a compassionate level, and begin the immersion process into health care entity
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Nursing Technician

July 2019 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

I love the atmosphere of the hospital and love working with other health care workers. I enjoy serving others and being a NT is perfect for that.

What I wish was different

I wished I had learned more in NT orientation before starting on my own.

Advice

This is a great job for anyone, especially in the medical field, as it teaches service, humility, and so much about the medical career.
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Client/Systems Engineering Intern

May - September 2019 • Kentwood, MI

What I liked

People I worked with were really nice! I got to learn a lot of things and got a good opportunity for both professional skills and personal skills development. It was really great and I would highly recommend people to work there if they get the opportunity!

What I wish was different

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Cancer Health Internship - misc projects

January - August 2019 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

Worked under upper leadership and was able to assist in high-level projects.

What I wish was different

I wish it was paid. Hard to juggle a full time job and school.

Advice

Organize and work ahead when possible.
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RN

February 2019 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

The vast amount of knowledge that Critical care has to offer!

What I wish was different

It is a very stressful learning environment with a lot of turnover.

Advice

It's worth it if you stick it out, so just hang on until you can get there.
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Nurse technician

June 2018 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

I love all of the learning opportunities available. I am so much more prepared to work in the healthcare field as a nurse because of it.

What I wish was different

Long 12 hour shifts are difficult but that comes with nursing so I dont mind that.

Advice

If considering working in any kind of healthcare someday, get experience working with people like this so you know what you are getting into.
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Medical and Health Information Manager

August - November 2019 • Reed City, MI

What I liked

I loved getting to meet new people and learn more about job opportunities

What I wish was different

Nothing I can think of

Advice

Stay focused and try to learn as much as you can
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EEG Technician

May - September 2019 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

I got to see how hospitals were run. I learned lots of new things and met great people.

What I wish was different

I wish I didnt have to quit when the semester started. I had to work night shifts during the semester and it got too difficult.

Advice

If you want to be a doctor or go into health care, try to get in to a hospital volunteering or working so you can see how it actually runs, and it may be different than you expected and you may not like it so do it early.
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Certified Surgical Technologist

October 2017 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

The environment and the people

What I wish was different

Advice

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